Huawei Nova 9 test: without 5G, difficult to emerge

The Nova 9 uses a 50-megapixel main photo sensor, with its f / 1.9 wide-angle optics (equivalent to 23 mm), widely honored in terms of design. It is accompanied by an ultra-wide-angle module (8 megapixels, f/2.2 optics) and by two sensors of 2 megapixels each, one dedicated to measuring depth, and the other equipped with optics. macro (f/2.4). A classic set, and which also allows the Nova 9 to deviate from the Honor 50, which is based on a main sensor of 108 megapixels.

Main module: 50 megapixels, eq. 23mm, f/1.9

In broad daylight, we can salute the choice made by Huawei, which favors fine detail and contrast, which avoids excessive smoothing. On the other hand, we noticed a moiré effect (striped bands) that was at least present on various elements of our test scene. However, the smartphone can deliver precise shots, a little saturated in certain areas.

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Huawei Nova 9

At night, the Huawei model shows a better controlled treatment than that of Honor. The colors remain rather bright, and even if a smoothing attenuates the sharpness of the whole, the whole is far from deserving.

Honor 50
Huawei Nova 9

50 megapixel mode

The 50 megapixel mode, for its part, was not really relevant during our tests. During the day, the result is comparable, even slightly less successful, the contrasts losing in emphasis. Night shots would prefer a smoothing such that it seems much more appropriate to be content with pixel grouping.

Huawei Nova 9
Huawei Nova 9

Huawei Nova 9
Huawei Nova 9

Ultra wide-angle: 8 MP, f/2.2

We generally do not expect miracles from such an ultra-wide-angle module. And it’s fortunate, that of the Nova 9 offering passable results. To its credit, we note a slightly better controlled exposure than that of competing models (the playing card of our scene is slightly overexposed), but the whole lacks detail.

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Huawei Nova 9

If it ranks average in the exercise of daytime photos, the night does not succeed with the Nova 9. The generalized smoothing makes most of the image information disappear, and the processing for the corrector distorts many elements . See the characters on the book cover of our test scene…

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Huawei Nova 9

Front and video module

The Nova 9 offers a 32-megapixel front module for taking selfies. These have the merit of being detailed, even if we noted a warm colorimetry applied by default. This module, like the one found on the back, allows filming up to 4K at 30 fps (60 fps in Full HD). Huawei follows the current trend, and allows social media enthusiasts to use the front and rear sensors simultaneously to create videos in various formats.

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